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Luke James - “Stay With Me” (Luke James Vocal cover).

Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Music.

Music events happening all around the world!

In The Woods Festival

An independent music festival featuring some of the best up-and-coming artists in the UK. This year’s line up includes Laura Marling, Nao, Years & Years and Trudie Dawn Smith

August 29th - 30th
A secret location only disclosed to ticket holders, Kent

End Of The Road Festival

Highlighted acts we’d be excited for include Benjamin Clementine, Cold Specks and Tinariwen.

August 29th - 31st
Larmer Tree Gardens,

Salif Keita Acoustic Tour

Malian music legend Salif Keita will be embarking on a special acoustic of the United States that kicks off on August 30th at Chicago’s Africa Festival. See all the dates and venues here.

August 30th - September 21st
Various venues, USA

Fool’s Gold Presents: Day Off ‘14

Danny Brown, French Montana, ARAABMUZIK and more make up the line up for this Labor Day concert hosted by Fool’s Gold Recs.

September 1st
50 Kent, New York (Brooklyn)

BESTIVAL

Outkast, Busta Rhymes, Candi Staton, SBTRKT, Laura Mvula, MNEK, and many, many more.

September 4th - 7th
Robin Hill Country Park near Newport, Isle of Wight.

Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall

An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself. 

September 13th
Southbank Centre, London

Luke James at SOB’s

Don’t miss out on a chance to see the incredibly talented Luke James performing live in New York.

September 23rd
SOBs, New York

TribeOne Dinkoeng

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Get to see African and international acts, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Wizkid and AKA, to Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, and J. Cole.

September 26th - 28th
Cullinan, Gauteng

Rocking the Daisies

One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.

October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Deep in the Woods Music Festival

South Africa’s premiere deep house music festival is currently in its second year. Catch the likes of Craig Massiv, House Knights, Electronic Mafia and Ricardo Da Costa all in one place.

Meyers Farm, Alberton
October 4th - 5th

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NEW MUSIC: Kele Okereke  - “Doubt”.

Departing from his usual guitar-driven alternative rock style, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke opts for a much heavier electronic dance sound for his new single Doubt.

His upcoming album Trick is due out October 13th.

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NEW MUSIC: Abe Says - “When I Wake Up”.

Abraham Popoola is a London-based creative whose upcoming film Kebab' sees him take on the role of both leading actor and director.

Currently working on his first EP, Popoola, who goes under the name ‘Abe Says’, has released this neo-soul electronic hip-hop track When I Wake Up - an unashamedly heartfelt romantic tune about an all-consuming lover, and I can’t stop listening to it.

If his name at all sounds familiar, you may have heard his voice and seen his face in this video from in Cecile Emeke’s Strolling' series.

Lady M - The Incentive EP.

Just came across this uber deep house music mix from Cape Town based DJ, Lady M (aka Margaret Westergreen) and for a house music lover like myself, this is absolutely golden.

If you’re into what you hear, she’ll be performing at FUTUREDEEP this Friday, August 29th, at Julep in Cape Town and her slot begins at 11am.

NEW MUSIC: FKA twigs - “Wet Wipez”.

Experimental dance forms take center stage in this performance art video directed by twigs herself and featuring the London-based expressive dance collective Wet Wipez.

(H/T: Dazed)

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NEW MUSIC: P.H.fat ft JungFreud - “Lights Out”.

Next generation South African duo P.H.fat team up with arguably one of South Africa’s best lyricists JungFreud AKA Nonku Phiri to make one of the best electronic hip-hop tracks of the year.

As for the video? Be prepared to see a bunch of girls breaking a whole bunch of things.

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NEW MUSIC: Okmalumkoolkat - “iJusi”.

An experimental rapper with an afrofuturist edge, it’s hard to not pay attention to anything South African artist Okmalumkoolkat does.

In the latest dark pink-tinted bi-coastal music video for iJusi, a single featured on hist recently released Holy Oxygen EP, the KZN rapper gives a nod to the late Pan-African icon Chinua Achebe and pioneering painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, whilst giving us alternating views of trippy scenes shot in Vienna and Johannesburg, and delivers a series of dope lines you’re sure to find yourself quoting before the end of the song (“boss talk, no Hugo).

“iJusi means juice in Zulu,” Okmalumkoolkat explains, “As in I got the shining, I am the blessed one.” He also mentions that the song’s intent was “to show flair like Basquiat’s brushstrokes, every bar is a stroke of genius. The poems are informative if you really listen. Just so you all know who has the shining. I feel like in terms of being one with oneself, I am the closest in the continent and in the world’s amongst spoken word messengers.”

(H/T: OkayAfrica)

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Lauryn Hill takes a much-loved happy-go-lucky musical tune and updates it with poignant lyrics that will make you both shudder and nod in agreement and frustration. 

Zara McFarlane - “Open Heart”.

I hate that I’m one of those people who is constantly in search of new music but takes forever when it comes to taking the time to listen to artists and musicians that come highly recommended by reputable sources.

Despite having seen the name “Zara McFarlane” appear for over a year on the various publications I look to for sound music recommendations, I never tapped into just what it was that resulted in McFarlane receiving nothing but positive news. My goodness was I foolish!

The British-Jamaican East London-based singer’s blend of lyrical jazz and her distinct vocals make for an absolutely magnetic and captivating sound.

Zara is currently on tour in Europe and will be performing in Nantes, France, on August 31, before moving on to dates in England, France, Spain and Belgium.

Also recommended: “Move”, “Chiaroscuro" and "Police and Thieves”.

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NEW MUSIC: Niyola ft Banky W - “Love to Love You”.

Nigerian R&B crooner Banky W features on this steamy new track and video for fellow artist Niyola’s hot new single Love to Love You.

Gonna be bumpin’ this track for the next few days!

Mafikizolo to headline Malawi’s Lake of Stars Festival in September.

It’s no question that hit-making South African duo Mafikizolo have had one of the best music comebacks of all time since the release of their top charting Uhuru-produced single Khona. Whilst they were no strangers to the South African popular music scene in the past, their place amongst Africa’s greatest has been solidified with the string of hits they’ve produced from their fourth album Reunited.

Now, the MTV Base Africa and South African Music Awards winning, and BET nominated, act are doing what any artist in their position should naturally be doing - they’re headlining one of Africa’s biggest music festivals, Lake of Stars

Taking place along the shores of the picturesque and serene Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars project was born from a desire to raise money for a developing economy, help promote Malawi as a tourist destination and expose Malawian artists to an international audience. The project has reached more than 200 million people through international and local media coverage, and generated over $3.25 million spend in Malawi.

Joining Mafikizolo at the festival will be a range of African and international artists such as fellow South Africans Christian Tiger School and Reason, Zimbabwean acts Selmor Mtukudzi and Tariro neGitare, Kenya’s DJ Jack Rooster, and Malawi’s biggest artists including Peter Mawanga, Sally Nyundo, Mafilika, Skeffa Chimoto, Agorosso and Piksy.

Tickets can be bought online as well as locations around Malawi.

(image via channel o)

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NEW MUSIC: Kwabs - Walk.

Constantly releasing new music, British-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Kwabs has dropped a powerful new single just a few short months after he delivered his solid Pray for Love EP.

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#ICYMI: New Azealia Banks’ music video for ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’. 

Desert scenes, dirt bikes, and the fiery self-proclaimed “best bitch in the rap game”. 

Here for it ALL.

NEW MUSIC: Estelle - Conqueror.

The UK singer is back in full force with a brand new uplifiting anthem Conqueror that shows some vocal ability we haven’t seen before from Estelle.

Earlier this year, she released the sultry song Make Her Say (Beat It Up) with an equally sensual music video that seemed to fly under the radar. Not sure how we missed it but it’s one seriously hot tune.

Her fourth studio album True Romance is due out early November!

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